Compulsion (1959)

Compulsion is a compelling, stylish thriller, loosely based on the famous 1924 murder trial of thrill-killers Loeb and Leopold, two homosexual students who murdered a young boy to demonstrate their intellectual superiority. Artie Straus… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1959
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

First great 'thrill killer' movie

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Absorbing version of Leopold-Loeb story with standout Welles performance.

Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

[Richard] Fleischer turns the screws hard in "Compulsion.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Apesar de mostrar a crueldade dos jovens, o filme leva o espectador a torcer contra a pena de morte graças, principalmente, ao forte monólogo de 10 minutos protagonizado por Orson Welles.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Richard Fleischer's thriller is loosely based on the celebrated 1924 Chicago murder trial of Jewish thrill-killers Leopold and Loeb.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Based on the Leopold-Loeb case, Compulsion makes for an interesting watch. Surely, the story of two lads, with one being extremely influenced and misled by… More
jay nixon
Excellent examination of the Loeb/Leopold case. Dillman is chilling in his utter contempt for all emotion and Stockwell is fine as his puppet but alll pale next… More
Jennifer D
Orson Welles was JUST fantastic, as expected, I guess. It reminded me a lot of In Cold Blood.
Randy Tippy
Based on the 1924 case of Nathan Leopold Jr and Richard Loeb, two wealthy upper-crust college students who methodically planned the kidnapping and murder of a… More